It is the end of the road for the Red Army’s assault rifle of choice.
Russia’s defence ministry says it will stop ordering the infamous Kalashnikov firearm because it is too dated to meet the needs of Moscow’s modern armed forces.
Russia plans to spend four hundred and forty billion euros on upgrading its military equipment.
The popular automatic rifles — the AK-47 and the AK-74 — were designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, who lent his name to the weapon that sold millions worldwide.
It became popular because it was reliable and easy to use.
In 2009, he was awarded a ‘Hero of Russia’ prize by President Dmitry Medvedev.